Themes/approaches - Time line, Mind maps
Creating a time line can be helpful and a relatively quick way of producing a snapshot of a person's interests.
Headings are created along the top or centre of the page, then the person fills in things they did in the past or would like to do in the future under each heading.
Headings can be selected from:
Today, yesterday, last week, last month, last year, when I was little, when I was young, when I was a teenager, in the past, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, when I am (insert age), in the future, when I get old.
Here is a simple example of a blank timeline that can be printed or adapted for use.
More general discussions/mind maps
A mind map is a graphical way of taking notes. It's an approach that can be useful when you want to record information about an array of themes. One way of beginning is to imagine you hadn’t met this person. What sort of things would you ask to get to know them. Here are a number of questions as a starting point.
- Where do they go locally?
- Do they like exercise – did they used to?
- Day trips – where do they enjoy going?
- How do they spend their time? Hobbies, interests?
- What do they like watching on TV?
- Do they like quizzes/do they like puzzles? Crosswords/other kinds of games.
- Can they draw/are they arty? Did they used to like creative activities?
These kinds of discussion can work for certain sessions, but you may need to record them talking or draw a big mind map to keep up with the answers, especially if the topics are varied.